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Cranberry Sauce


The following recipe is part of a complete Thanksgiving menu, featured here. This recipe would be a terrific compliment to your holiday feast or any time of the year.

This recipe is a Thanksgiving staple, requiring only 5 ingredients, and sans the added sugar.



  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 4 ounces water
  • 3/4 cup sugar substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan.
  2. Stir and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Stir frequently. The cranberries will begin to pop, releasing their “gel”. Cook until sauce reaches desired consistency.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  5. Store in the refrigerator. Serve chilled.

Makes 2 cups

1/2 cup = 1 serving

Per serving:  10.5 carbs

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WRITTEN BY Brooke Wheeler, POSTED 11/17/17, UPDATED 12/13/22

Brooke lives in the heart of the Midwest where, along with her husband, they raise their 3 children (two boys and a girl). Her 10 year old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was just 21 months old. His diagnosis, and the desire to make an imprint on the diabetic community, ultimately led to the creation of her recipe blog, Finger Prickin' Good (, where she shares kid-approved and diabetic-friendly recipes.